One of the Twin Cities is getting new snow plows and new leadership after last week’s snowstorm. Five days since the snow started falling, streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul are still caked in slippery ice. Extremely cold temperatures haven’t helped. Salt can melt five times as much ice at 30 degrees as at 20 degrees. However, when it’s colder than that, it’s pretty much useless. But St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman isn’t waiting for a warm-up. He’s making changes in his public works department.
On Monday nights throughout December, WCCO is going back to visit people whose stories touched us this past year. With generous support from our friends at Slumberland and Pandora Jewelry, it’s our hope to make Christmas unforgettable for these families. In this week’s “Season of Hope,” we go back to Litchfield High School. In April, we introduced you to two girls who invited boys from their special education program to senior prom.
While health experts are warning people to stay out of the bitter cold if possible, there are some that are forced to withstand the elements because of their jobs. Bike messenger John Lindwall employs a simple strategy when the temperature and wind chill get to be too much. “Just don’t think about it, you know,” Lindwall said. “Put it out of your mind.”
Minnesota Wild players are taking off their helmets and taking orders. On Monday evening, they became celebrity waiters at the “Wild About Children” fundraiser. St. Paul’s Union Depot was transformed in to a fancy restaurant for the event, which benefits Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Skater-turned-waiter Mikko Koivu says his serving skills trump those of his teammates.
The University of Minnesota issued a crime alert after an attempted robbery off-campus in the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Sunday.
Rallies to promote a stronger anti-bullying law in the state are expected to take place in St. Paul and Duluth Monday afternoon.
A high school coach has been placed on paid administrative leave for tattooing minors without their parent’s permission. Terry Robert Hardy, 37, is the gymnastics coach at Park High School in Cottage Grove. He’s been cited for two counts of tattooing minors without written parental consent. A 16-year-old girl told WCCO that Hardy gave her three tattoos and a tongue piercing, all inside his home.
Tucked inside of Dan’s Car Wash in Minneapolis on 59th and Nicollet, is a small auto repair shop with a bare bones crew. A volunteer receptionist and two mechanics with a mission to fix cars and to give folks like Judy Hegrenes a lift in life.
A lot of drivers are pulling into tire repair shops with flat tires or tires that have suddenly had the air pressure drop. It’s due to the extreme cold, and it’s dangerous. Inside Tires Plus in St. Anthony Village, it has the feel of an emergency room: Cars and trucks hoisted up on lifts and tires under inspection. If your tire pressure is too low, you have less control of your vehicle. “It’s very important to check your air pressure once a month. A lot of data says twice a month. Because of the temperature fluctuations, you need to maintain that proper air pressure,” Matt Johnson, the Tires Plus manager, said.
The Minneapolis Public School system is reevaluating how they discipline children. This comes after some alarming numbers got the district some negative attention. Records show minority students and those with special needs are getting harsher punishments than white students. Last year, black students were suspended at a rate more than five times that of white students.
A North Dakota teen’s father calls it a miracle that his son survived — and is doing so well — after being shot in the eye in a hunting accident.
A 27-year-old Hampton Township man has pleaded guilty in connection to a deadly crash that killed a 27-year-old Canon Falls man, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
The University of Minnesota will host tributes to Nelson Mandela this week. The Humphrey Students of Color Association at the Humphrey School will rebroadcast Mandela’s memorial service, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday. The event will be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the university’s West Bank. On Wednesday, the university’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change will host a Mandela memorial at 3 p.m. in Heller Hall on the West Bank.
Don’t count on a sales tax rebate check like the ones that became popular in prior years Minnesota ran a budget surplus. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that it’s unlikely his chamber would go that route if there are extra dollars for lawmakers to allocate next year. A forecast last week showed $825 million available but a new report will come out as lawmakers return in late February. The Democrat from Cook says his preference is to add more money to the state’s budget reserves, consider transportation investments and make other tax and spending decisions that don’t have a lasting budget impact.
A Minnesota task force studying a higher-tech voter verification process leaned away Monday from recommending that electronic poll books be mandatory in every precinct for the 2014 statewide election.
Fire crews responded to a large apartment fire that evacuated a complex in Elk River on Thursday, Dec. 5.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, crews worked to install the Weather Watcher, which will restore the old “Weather Ball” concept to downtown Minneapolis.
The six leading candidates in the Minneapolis mayoral race took to the stage Tuesday night in a friendly debate.
It’s time once again to share your best fall colors pictures. Check out some of the best views we’ve seen so far, and send us your pictures!
We Day came to Minnesota to inspire 18,000 students and teachers.
We can’t show you too much of the terrifying Halloween display at the Soap Factory, but here’s a sneak peek.
The Minnesota Zoo is getting into the spirit of autumn with their new Scarecrow Alley. Have a scarecrow pic to share? Send it our way!